Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Community Liaison & Events Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives
Store Manager, MICA Store
It must be acknowledged that the economic base for Baltimore city, and the United States, was the sale and labor of enslaved Black people. It is an indisputable fact that Baltimore was the anchor city for the institution of human enslavement for commerce. “Maryland ports alone (principally Baltimore) shipped out 11,966 people for whom records exist between 1818 and 1853, and an unknown amount before, during, and after that time.” (The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave Breeding Industry).
And MICA benefitted from that commerce, by in its formative years, partnering with to develop the emerging industrial foundation for the country. For example, the railroads as the invention that helped the Union win the Civil War, it is overlooked that the same railroads were used to transport, often illegally, enslaved Black people into the Deep South. The salons, or speaking engagements, that supported the institutions were often highlighting pseudoscientists or prominent public figures specializing in the philosophies of domination and colonization weaponized against BIPOC.
In developing the MICAMade Marketplace, we hope to demonstrate a democratically designed sales platform that empowers the community to practice commerce in a way that values individuals, practices, and communities to examine through a more accessible lens. We are moving away from the legacy markets that exclude vendors or give preferential treatment based on relationship, and into a market limited only by creativity. As we work to centralize artists, designers, makers, and creative entrepreneurs, our goal is to establish a sustainable, socially responsible, and successful marketplace, accessible to all.
As we grow and evolve, we are working to increase the number of artists and makers participating and make the platform available to the entire arts and culture community in Baltimore, Maryland.